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Flu Season

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Challenge: Despair (Classic Editing)
Collection: People
Camera: Sony DSC-S70
Location: River Heights, UT
Date: Feb 23, 2003
Aperture: f 2.4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Date Uploaded: Feb 23, 2003

All my kids have the flu today, and it is bad! Achy body, stiff limbs, head and neck ache. My daughter, Lauren, finally said, "I can't stand it any longer!" and gave me this face. I said "Freeze!" adjusted some lights and took the shot. Photoshop manipulation was turning it to grayscale, slight levels adjustment, cropping, and using unsharp mask.

Place: 75 out of 200
Avg (all users): 5.0964
Avg (commenters): 5.8182
Avg (participants): 5.1250
Avg (non-participants): 5.0693
Views since voting: 1513
Votes: 197
Comments: 13
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/02/2003 09:44:38 PM
I love the picture, it has an emotional impact for sure, I just really feel that the title takes away from the full despair of the shot!
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03/01/2003 12:26:25 AM
nice choice of color for picture, the teary eye is what makes the whole picture look good..well done
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02/28/2003 02:01:22 PM
Wonderful portrait. The lighting looks excellent to my untrained eye, with highlights at just the right places. The watery eyes are highlighted making it look as though the girl is tearful. I like the highlight on the lips and hair too. Also the model looks good with a nice-shaped face and the freckles are unusual and add to the interest of the shot overall.

Lovely photograph.
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02/27/2003 04:05:12 PM
I don't quite see what has caused this dispair. However, this image keeps me intrested. The hair nicely frames the face creating some very nice lines and the freckles also add value. And the "dirty"feel image is quite nice too.
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02/26/2003 09:33:53 PM
God, she looks dead almost. Sinister effect/cropping, etc.
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02/26/2003 01:47:03 PM
excellent black and white... would love to see it a bit larger though... great work :) - setzler
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02/25/2003 02:05:09 AM
Doesn't seem quite focused to me, and I think it is too dark.
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02/24/2003 11:16:40 PM
I really love this photo. I don't like the title however.
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02/24/2003 02:45:58 PM
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02/24/2003 02:08:59 PM
Been there!!! Hope S/he's feeling better!! This really depicts the "please just kill me" feeling of the flu!!
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02/24/2003 11:45:51 AM
good closeup, i like the use of black and white, it really brings out the despair in this image
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02/24/2003 09:47:57 AM
Well done! That is a real look of despair which couldn't really be acted! I take it from your title that she has the flu, poor girl. The crop is very here tight but it doesn't really matter at all in this image, in fact I find it does it credit. It looks exactly like the shot of the woman lying dead on the floor in Hitchcock's film "Psycho". Choice!
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02/24/2003 01:28:51 AM
Absolutely beautiful. This picture looks like it was taken with a cheap digicam, but that effect really adds to the effect. 8.
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